Curriculum vitae

Prof. Dr. Sami K. Solanki


04/2009 - heute Distinguished Professor, Kyung Hee University, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea
11/1999 - heute Scientific Member of the Max-Planck-Society and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
08/1998 Appointed Professor, University of Oulu, Finland
10/1992 Appointed Lecturer, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
01/1992 Appointed Senior Research Associate, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
12/1989 - 12/1991 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
11/1987 - 11/1989 Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of St Andrews, Scotland
10/1992 Habilitation and Venia Legendi for Astronomy, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
10/1987 Doctorate in Natural Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
10/1982 Diploma in Physics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (corresponds to a Master of Science)

Honors & Awards

2017 Honorary Doctore, University of Oulu, Finland
2016   Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC), worth 2.4 Millionen Euro
2016 Distinguished Science Award of the Scientific Committee on Solar-Terestrial Physics (SCOSTEP)
2015 Julius Bartels Medal of the European Geoscience Union (EGU)
2012 Group Achievement Award of NASA for the SDO Science Investigation Team
2005 Elected Associate of The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)
2004 - heute Annually invited by the Nobel Foundation to make nominations for the Nobel Prize Prize in Physics and invited by the Crawford Foundation to make nominations for the Crawford Prize in Astronomy
2003 Honorary Professorship, University of Braunschweig, Germany
2001 Honorary Professorship, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
1999 3rdMinnaert Visiting Professor, University of Utrecht, Netherlands

Named Lectures

2018  Svein Rosseland Lecturer, University of Oslo, Norway
2015 Julius Bartels Lecturer, Gerneral Assembly of EGU, Vienna, Austria
2012 Littrow Lecturer, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria
2008 Bernard Price Lecturer, University of Johannesburg and South African Institute of Electrical Engineering, Johannesburg, South Africa
2002 Harold Jeffrey’s Lecturer of the RAS
1999 Minneart Lecturer, University of Utrecht, Netherlands

Memberships of Scientific Societies (Auswahl)

European Geosciences Union (EGU), German Astronomical Society (AG), European Astronomical Society (EAS), Assosiate of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), International Astonomical Union (IAU) of Division 2, Swiss Society of Astronomy & Astrophysics (SSAA/SGAA)

Service to the Scientific Communitiy (Auswahl)

Present and past Member of various Scientific Advisory Commitees, e.g. Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) La Laguna (Tenerife), Spain; High Altitude Observatory (HAO), NCAR, Boulder, CO, USA; Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno (IRSOL), Locarno, Switzerland; Science Committees of the International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Bern, Switzerland, European Space Agency’s (ESA) Space Science Advisory Committee (SSAC), HQ Paris, France

Head of Evaluation Board of the entire Space Segment of DLR, the German Aerospace Center

Member of the Next Generation Solar Physics Mission" Science Objectives Team of ESA, NASA and JAXA

Editor in Chief and Founder of "Living Reviews in Solar Physics"

Editorial Board Member of the refereed journal "Solar Physics"

National Representative to the Scientific Committee for Solar Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP)

Present and past Member of numerous Committees of DLR, e.g., Permanent Representative of the Max Planck Society in the DLR Senate, Chairman of the DLR Space Research Programme Committee, Member of the DLR Space Commission

Space and Instrument Projects (Auswahl)

Principal Investigator

2007 - heute Polarimetric and Helioseismic Imager on Solar Orbiter (SO/PHI)
2001 - heute Sunrise Balloon-Borne Solar Observatory (whole mission)


2008 - heute Gregor Solar Telescope
2008 - heute CERN Axion Solar Telescope (CAST)
2007 - heute EUI, SPICE and Metis instrumens on Solar Orbiter
2001 - heute Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) on the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO)


Total Project Grants of 60 Million Euro as Principal Investigator since 2002. Obtained from the European Research Council (ERC), German Space Agency (DLR), the German Science Foundation (DFG), Max Planck Foundation (MPF), Max Planck Society (MPG), Italian Space Agency (ASI), Private Donations, etc.

Teaching and Supervision

2002 - heute Founder and Spokesperson of the International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen. This research school has so far produced 192 PhDs
1990 - heute Supervision of 45 PhD students with completed theses (main supervisor of 28) and of 9 current PhD students
1990 - heute Lecture courses held since 1990 at various Universities (ETH Zürich, Switzerland; University of Utrecht, Netherlands; Universities of Göttingen and of Braunschweig, Germany, Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea)
12 Summer and Winter Schools at which lecture courses were given, excluding Schools organized by the IMPRS
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